Physical Abuse While some in-laws make it a habit to be sarcastic with their daughter-in law and leave no occasion to humiliate and bad mouth her others take to physical abuse.
This system is tied to the social structure of marriagewhich keeps marriage inside or close to family relations. In the early colonial period, married daughters receiving a large dowry would refuse to accept a further inheritance after the death of their father.
In Measure for MeasureClaudio and Juliet's premarital sex was brought about by their families' wrangling over dowry after the betrothal. Girls often feel emotionally stress due to this and some even undergo depression.
Because of the dowry system, people do not want to have a baby girl in the southern part of Nepal. An example is found in the marriage of Virginia settler John Rolfe to Pocahontaswho brought a dowry to the marriage that included a large amount of land.
Hundreds and thousands of women are left unmarried because of this evil system.